And so, Inside No 9 came to an end with not a whimper, or a bang, but instead the muffled screams of a tied-up half-naked teenager.
Katy is an interesting choice for a horror heroine. Why she’d been chosen as a sacrifice was never really made clear, which works in the episode’s favour. They didn’t go down the clichéd route of her suitability being reliant on her virginity, which would have felt tired and boring. Instead, it’s left ambiguous as to what Tabitha was told about Katy. “Strong-willed” appears to be the main criteria, but what does that even mean? We never find out, and that’s more unnerving than a definitive answer. Katy is just so normal, especially juxtaposed against the bizarre siblings and brash Shell, that she grounds the story in reality. And Aimee-Ffion Edwards is trying her best, but... well, she’s quite obviously about ten years older than her character is supposed to be. Her voice is high and breathy as if to compensate for this, but it just sounds forced.
While the episode had a couple of problems, it was still good. Not as good as a few of the earlier episodes, but there’s not been a single dud in the entire bunch. Part of this has been down to the direction of David Kerr, which has been outstanding. Each story has had its own tone, which he’s reflected through each individual location having a definite character. And then there’s the way he’s shot the episodes, varying camera set-ups and shot types to allow the scripts and actors to shine in the best way. Hopefully he’ll be returning for the second series, which was announced before the first one had even begun airing. Another six episodes are scheduled to enter production this autumn. If you can’t quite wait that long, never fear – the DVD of series one is released on 17th March.